The Oakland Athletics were in full-on 'spoiler' mode on Wednesday, capitalizing on four errors by the Los Angeles Angels to the tune of seven unearned runs en route to an 8-7 victory that threw a wrench in the Halos' hunt for a postseason spot.
The Angels fell a half-game behind the Houston Astros for the second Wild Card spot in the AL after A's closer Sean Doolittle was able to find his way out of a bit of a mess in the bottom of the ninth.
37-year-old Barry Zito started the game for Oakland in what may very well have been his final appearance as an MLB player. He only managed four innings, but left with a lead the A's wouldn't give up.
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After the game, Doolittle sounded downright ecstatic about pitching in a game started by Zito, as he told John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group:
As for Zito, he joked a bit with A's reporters after the game regarding his future plans and expectations:
Doolittle's injury-plagued 2015 season is representative of the sour year the A's have had as a team, though managing to be a thorn in the Angels' side at this point in the season probably felt good.
It was also rather appropriate, given this bit of A's trivia pointed out by SCOUT.com's Melissa Lockard:
With his future ahead of him, perhaps Zito will make good on his previously stated interest in becoming a full-time Nashville musician...